"Lost Album" Fan Theory
Woodvale (stylized as woodvale) is the name of Taylor’s rumored third alternative album that some fans thought she was working on in 2020. Taylor has stated that the album doesn’t exist. However, woodvale was used as a code name for her eighth studio album, folklore (2020).
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In 2020, Taylor surprised the world with not one but two new albums. She released folklore in July and it quickly became one of her most commercially successful and critically acclaimed records to date. In December, she surprise dropped a sister project to folklore, called evermore.
Mere days after the release of evermore, some fans were convinced that the folkmore era wasn’t over. There were theories going viral that a third album, called woodvale, was on its way. Fans were convinced that folklore and evermore were part of a trilogy of albums, just like she created the “Teenage Love Triangle” on the former album. This theory caught on when it was discovered that Taylor “secretly hid” the name “woodvale” in the “hide-and-seek Edition” of folklore.
Why woodvale Doesn't Exist
Now that her wildly-attentive fanbase was onto the theory that a third album of brand new material was on the way, Taylor explained what really happened. Turns out, it was all a happy mistake. During an interview with Jimmy Kimmel Live! in December 2020, she said that woodvale was a big “oops” from her team:
Basically, Taylor went around for months telling those nearest and dearest to her that she was working on an album called woodvale. This obviously wasn’t true and folklore came out in July instead.